January 8, 2014 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement ahead of the upcoming election, and most of the readers who have sent letters reacting to the resignation have welcomed the news. As I've noted in the past, reader opinion (including that of one L.A. County supervisor ) late last year had turned decisively against the embattled sheriff, whose department is under a jail abuse investigation by federal authorities. After news broke that 18 former and current members of the department had been criminally charged as part of that investigation, I wrote that "if The Times' letter writers were solely responsible for picking the L.A. County sheriff, Lee Baca would probably be out of a job. " Now, with Baca bowing out, many readers are moving on to the question of what's next, although some are still unsparing in their criticism of the sheriff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 |
President Obama's popularity is falling even in California, a deep-blue state he has won twice by landslides. It means Democratic politicians should worry about suffering fatal falls in the polling booths next November. That's not necessarily because voters turned off by the president will take it out on Democratic congressional and legislative candidates, although some of that could happen. More important, Democratic voters may be so disenchanted with Washington and politics generally that they don't turn out to cast ballots at all. And there's little on the horizon in California to excite them about voting.
November 22, 2013 |
The latest poll on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's job performance makes one wonder what the crack-smoking, foul-mouthed, short-fused leader of Canada's biggest city would have to do to turn off voters. Ford's popularity has hardly been dented by his confession this month that he smoked crack cocaine with known gang leaders, or by the Toronto City Council's actions Monday stripping him of most staff, budget and governing powers. The mayor has also recently been shown on clandestinely recorded cellphone video swearing profusely and threatening to kill someone by ripping out his throat.
November 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's second-term approval ratings continue to slide, with a majority now disapproving of his job performance, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Obama's slide parallels that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, whose ratings also dropped steadily during his second term, although Obama's 41% approval at this point - one year after his election - stands slightly higher than Bush's 36%. By contrast, Presidents Clinton and Reagan maintained a relatively high level of popularity in their fifth years in office.
November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A year after his reelection triumph, President Obama is facing an awkward question from friends and foes alike: Why can't he run the government as well as he ran his campaign? What with the IRS targeting of tea party groups; the poor security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya; the eavesdropping on close allies; and the botched rollout of the landmark healthcare law, Obama increasingly seems to be battling top-level management failures as much as policy or political problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti maintains a strong approval rating among city voters, but most said they hadn't yet heard enough about him to form a distinct impression, according to a new Pat Brown Institute/Cal State L.A. poll. The nonpartisan survey suggested that on the eve of his 100th day as mayor, Garcetti still benefits from a deep reservoir of good will among Los Angeles voters. But the poll of 501 registered voters by the university's Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs also found many of the city's voters knew little about the mayor.